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UNESCO warns of threat to Great Barrier Reef

The UN’s heritage body urged Australia to do more to conserve one of the world’s most spectacular natural sites.

California bill gives professional cheerleaders minimum wage

A recent spate of lawsuits against NFL teams allege they did not pay cheerleaders for hours they spent practicing and making public appearances.

Photos, social media now allowed on White House tours

The White House said the more than 40-year-old ban was lifted because of changes in camera technology.

Week after gay marriage decision, Clinton heads to Provincetown

Hillary Clinton’s Thursday trip to the gay-friendly town for a fund-raiser was planned months ago.

Obama heralds US embassy in Cuba as ‘new chapter’

President Obama announced that the US and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington.

E-mails show top officials were aware of Clinton’s private address

Senior White House officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Clinton was using a private address for her government correspondence.

Live video: President Obama discusses relations with Cuba

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in their capital cities.

Fire that destroyed S.C. black church wasn’t arson, official says

The fire occurred as federal authorities also investigate a series of blazes at black churches in several Southern states.

Despite promises, CIA failing to hire, promote minorities

The CIA is failing to hire and promote enough minorities despite years of vowing to do so, Director John Brennan said Tuesday.

Police tactics in Mo. caused further strife, report says

When heavily armed police officers swarmed the streets of Ferguson after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, they worsened tensions.

1,200 inmates flee Yemeni prison

The inmates fled a prison in Yemen after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said.

Killers practiced escape before breakout from N.Y. prison

David Sweat and Richard Matt apparently conducted a dry run of the breakout the night before they fled.

Religious monument ordered removed in Oklahoma

A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

US, Cuba said to ready embassy plans

The US and Cuba will announce on Wednesday the restoration of diplomatic relations and plans to reopen embassies after 54 years.

Woman, 75, survives in ravine after crash

Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas.

Authorities: Boy found in park swing died of cold, thirst

A mother placed her living toddler in a swing at a Maryland park and he remained there until he was found dead of cold and thirst two days later.

California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of strictest school vaccination laws in the country.

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California governor signs strict vaccine bill into law

The bill strikes California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

Reporter’s notebook

The long wait for an Iranian nuclear deal

Scores of journalists in Vienna from the world’s top news agencies await word of the slightest new development.

N.Y. prison chief, 11 others put on leave after recent escape

The workers placed on administrative leave include the prison’s superintendent and his deputy in charge of security, officials said.

Supreme Court to take up dispute over union fees

The court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members.

Christie kicks off campaign for president

Chris Christie said both political parties “have failed our country” in an announcement speech calling for more compromise in politics.

Hunt for N.Y. inmates was hampered by missed signals

New details have surfaced about the three-week manhunt for two convicted murderers that gripped northern New York.

Supreme Court to revisit decision on affirmative action

The Supreme Court agreed to take a second look at a challenge to the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin.

Justices block Obama’s limits on power plants

The EPA regulation was meant to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants and was one of the administration’s most ambitious initiatives.

Supreme Court backs states’ use of execution drug

The ruling was against three death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of an execution drug they said risked causing excruciating pain.

N.Y. escapees had hoped to find way to Mexico

The convicted murderers instead ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out.

Mourners recall S.C. shooting victim in funeral at AME church

On the day she was killed along with eight others during Bible study at a South Carolina church, Myra Thompson achieved her goal of becoming a minister.

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Wilfires devastate parts of central, eastern Wash. as temperatures soar

Washington’s struggles with wildfires come as Alaska, its fellow Pacific Northwest state, is facing more and harsher wildfires this year.

La. gay couple first in state to marry

Two men who have been together for nearly 14 years are apparently the first same-sex couple to get married in Louisiana.

Hillary Clinton’s notes to adviser under fire

The e-mail records show that Clinton repeatedly encouraged an adviser to send her memos about Libya.

Want to be a US spy or diplomat? Stop smoking marijuana

It may now be legal in some states to smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use have remained rigid.

Supreme Court rules against EPA on power plant emissions

Federal regulators wanted to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Supreme Court backs Arizona’s system for redistricting

The justices rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers in the state.

Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

The controversial drug has been implicated in several botched executions.

Escaped N.Y. inmates planned to drive to Mexico

David Sweat, 35, was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot twice in the torso by a trooper.

Puerto Rico says $72 billion debt unpayable

The move adds another blow to the international financial system already struggling with a possible default by Greece.

Kerry, energy secretary teaming up in Iran talks

A friendly bond has formed between John Kerry and Ernest Moniz, a former MIT professor, who are working on the Iran arms deal.

Minn. marijuana patients face hurdles

There will be no baggies of marijuana awaiting patients next week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana.

Chris Christie an underdog as he launches 2016 bid

It is a reality New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters are ready to embrace, not that they have a choice.

Studies probe Alzheimer’s in women

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are asking why.

Shark attack is N.C.’s 6th in 2 weeks

A 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina’s coast, the second attack in as many days.

Boy Scout dies in N.M. flash flood

A Boy Scout on a camping trip with his troop died Saturday after he and three other teens were swept away in a flash flood.

Biden worships, speaks at S.C. church

The vice president’s surprise appearance came on the second Sunday that Emanuel AME held regular services after the June 17 shooting.

Gay pride events celebrate ruling

Hundreds of thousands of people packed gay pride events Sunday from New York to San Francisco, with overall attendance in the millions.

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Cargo rocket bound for space station explodes

An unmanned cargo ship destined for the International Space Station disintegrated minutes after launching from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Sunday morning.

Live Video

N.Y. Governor Cuomo speaks on capture of second prison escapee

Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Police is giving an update on the shooting and capture of David Sweat.